Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Council President-Elect, Safety Chair and Ward 6 Councilman Blaine A. Griffin; Ward 5 Councilwoman Delores Gray, Police Chief Calvin D. Williams, Assistant Director of Public Safety Timothy Hennessey, residents and supporters today as he hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Cleveland Police Mounted Unit Stables. The new $12 million facility is located at 6018 Thackery Avenue and sits on 6.5 acres. Click here to view the ceremony.
“The Cleveland Mounted Police are an essential element of the Cleveland Division of Police, and an important part of the City’s history,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “The new stables will be a welcomed addition to the community and will provide opportunities for engagement.”
“Our mounted police officers provide an important element of community relations that are unique in that police encounters are personal and include the horses,” said Cleveland Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard. “This upgraded facility will allow for a deeper connection with the community.”
“The Cleveland Division of Police Mounted Unit is one of the oldest Mounted Units in the United States,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams. “Our Mounted Police have an honorable history of participating in parades, funerals, assisting with community engagement as well as with pedestrian traffic at events. It is wonderful to see the horses get a new home.”
Project Description: The New Cleveland Police Mounted Unit Stables will provide a much-needed new home base for this storied Unit. Replacing the current, obsolete, 70+ year-old stables, the new facility, designed to embody current best practices to optimize the health and well-being of both human and equine officers, will include:
- Stables for up to (16) horses
- Indoor training arena
- Horse care “hub” including washing, grooming, vet and farrier areas
- Mounted Unit administration areas, locker rooms, etc.
- Community Room with views into the Arena
- Vehicle garage and parking areas
- Large paddock and training area
- A community park with views into paddock and training area
The public art component of the project will include the relocatin and restoration of the historic O’Neill memorial sculpture by noted Cleveland artist and designer Viktor Schreckengost,
The project is expected to be complete in 2024. The architect is Robert P. Madison International. The Equestrian Architect is GH2 Equine Architects.